Post-implant neuropathy

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Edition V07N04 | Year 2013 | Editorial Artigo de Revisão | Pages 85 to 89

Carolina Ortigosa Cunha, Lívia Maria Sales Pinto-Fiamengui, Fernanda Araújo Sampaio, Jorge Francisco Fiamengui-Filho, Paulo César Rodrigues Conti

The use of dental implants in partial or total edentulous arches is considered the gold standard of oral rehabilitation. This procedure has high success rates mainly due to the advanced features of imaging exams such as cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). However, some intra- and postoperative complications may occur. One potential complication is post-implant neuropathy (PIN), a traumatic trigeminal neuropathy caused by direct or indirect nerve trauma. The most affected nerves are the inferior alveolar nerve and lingual nerve. This condition can be clinically reported as anesthesia, paresthesia, hypoesthesia, hyperesthesia and/or dysesthesia. PIN is not a frequent condition, but it significantly affects patient’s social life. Additionally, it is very difficult to be diagnosed and treated. The aim of this article is to review the literature about PIN so as to clarify its concept, possible causes, as well as best diagnostic and treatment approach.

Neuropathic pain, Post-implant neuropathy, Dental implants,

Cunha CO, Pinto-Fiamengui LMS, Sampaio FA, Fiamengui-Filho JF, Conti PCR. Post-implant neuropathy. Dental Press Implantol. 2013 Oct-Dec;7(4):85-9.

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